100 STORIES. 100 CAPES.
100 Stories 100 Capes is a work created over 3 years with 100 women across Australia. In 2020, during our first lockdown, 100 women were sent the materials to make a red cape to be worn by a future girl.
While confined to their houses, the young women of The House interviewed our 100 cape-makers: cross-age women from remote, regional, metropolitan and urban communities in every Australian state.
In February 2022 these interviews were listened to and edited, ready to be developed into an hour long composition, to be heard in October 2022. The developing work will be designed for audiences to navigate their stories, housed within red capes and interspersed with music and stories.
100 STORIES 100 CAPES COMPOSERS:
100 Stories. 100 Capes will showcase the macro collective experience of Australian women through intimately told life stories.
PAST DEVELOPMENT AT THE NATIONAL ART SCHOOL
Jessica O’Donoghue is one of Australia’s most distinctive, provocative and versatile
vocalists. In 2021 she received the top performance award in the APRA/AMCOS AMC Art
Music Awards and in 2018 she was the recipient of an Australian Institute of Music
Fellowship for her “outstanding contributions” to the nation’s music industry. She harnessed
a prestigious classical training that included Sydney University, Victorian College of the Arts
and London’s Covent Garden into an extensive and eclectic musical career that spans opera,
medieval music, pop, jazz and cabaret. A long-term advocate for the democratisation of
music, she is committed to engaging with audiences by creating bold, sonic experiences like no other.
Pru Montin is a Melbourne/LA-based composer and sound designer fast creating a name for herself as a dynamic and inventive composer of film and media scores. With a gift at sampling, she sculpts evolving sonic worlds from any sound source, into meticulously orchestrated emotional journeys. Her unique approach has led to features by ASCAP as Composer to Watch, APRA AMCOS's World IP Day Innovator and the coveted biannual APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award for Film and Television in 2019. Her most recent film credits include the AACTA-nominated Australian family feature Moon Rock for Monday (due to be released in the US in 2022) whilst her proudest installation is an immersive sonic-collaged multimedia retrospective on Madonna presented in New York.
Yunyu is an award winning film, games and installation composer. She
won the best score for short film in the international Film Sound and
Music Festival for the short film Drover's Boy (2015). As a singer-songwriter, Yunyu won Triple J's unearthed and was feature
artist in the Australian Independent Records. Yunyu has also co-written the musical Jungle Hideaway, which has been workshopped/presented internationally in theatres including NIDA, La Salle Singapore.
Currently, Yunyu is undertaking research into Spatial music formats, her research is supported by Dolby Australia, in University of Technology Sydney.
Leahannah (she/her) is a composer, vocalist, flautist and performer from Naarm/ Melbourne, Australia. Leahnnah brings with her 20 years of experience as a vocalist and flautist, having performed in numerous bands over the years ranging from jazz, contemporary, to progressive/experimental and folk.
Leahannah is passionate about creating unique, emotive music that blends vocals, and acoustic instruments with electronic soundscapes. Leahannah’s sound can be best described as ethereal, emotional, and immersive.
Aija Draguns is a Sydney-based emerging composer, conductor, and arranger. She has a passion for writing and directing choral music. She aims to captivate audiences with her emotive music, which is heavily influenced by her Latvian heritage. Born in 1999, Aija studied piano and saxophone, and sung in various choirs and ensembles in the Latvian community. Aija attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music (Composition) in 2020, and a Bachelor of Music Studies (Composition Honours) in 2021, studying under composers Paul Stanhope and Daniel Rojas. Aija later began studying orchestral conducting under Elizabeth Scott, John Lynch and George Ellis, recently working with Sydney Youth Orchestra and Ensemble Apex. She now regularly directs various community choirs, orchestras, and school bands. Aija’s compositions have been programmed by Sydney Philharmonia choir Vox, Sydney Conservatorium choirs, Konzertprojekt, Trinitiy Grammar School choir, the Australian Latvian Cultural Festival, The House that Dan Built, and Melbourne Latvian choir Daina. Most recently, Aija premiered in Sydney Town Hall with her first orchestral piece “Lavender Paper Cranes”, performed by Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as Sydney Opera House with a new children’s opera “Max and Moritz”, performed by Musgrove Opera.
Audrey Ormella is an emerging Sydney-based composer, living and working on Wangal land. She is interested in experimenting with both live and pre-recorded musical ideas, and has previously worked with ensembles such as the AYO, the Australian Voices, Gondwana Choirs, and TheHouseThatDanBuilt Performers. She is currently in her second year studying Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.